Yesterday I realized that Camp NaNo begins next month. Originally I was planning to launch into the book that follows Surge of the Soul Eater, but now I don’t feel ready to do so. The ideas for it are still brewing and the first book is still a mess. That’s fine, it’s part of the process of world building and I have a lot of it to do still. Continue reading “Camp NaNo Next Month”
My brother is still reading my vomit draft. He has shared with me only one thought so far after he got 30 pages in and that was, unsurprisingly, that I could add more detail and expand the scenes more. In particular he felt that the first scene where the soul eater brood is introduced was somewhat confusing in places. Continue reading “Revision Notes – Concept of Layering”
I posted my initial idea on my life blog, The Art of Chaos, and I’ll be damned if I can’t find the post now. But that’s fine I haven’t forgotten the idea: a Lilim named Octavia bound to serve Thomas’ family, and attempting to pursue a relationship with Rue, finds out she is really a simulacrum. I want to write a book exploring that idea. Continue reading “Ideas for the Next Book Germinating”
I sat down today and in Scrivener I created a page for each scene. I then put each scene into the acts they are currently in for the vomit draft. Finally I labeled each scene for the plot line they are a part of. One of the things that resulted is I ended up breaking up some of the scenes that covered multiple plot lines into separate scenes. Except for one in the beginning of the book. Continue reading “Scenes Semi Outlined Today”
Okay so I’ve been making some very slow progress with the revision of my novel here. I’ve discussed somewhat on my personal blog in this post. Continue reading “Self Assessment of the Revision Process”
Okay so now it’s the 1st of January and I haven’t looked at Surge of the Soul Eater for an entire month. I have done other things and written unrelated short stories elsewhere. Today I returned to the NaNoWriMo site to take the pledge to revise my novel during January and February.
I’m a little frustrated that they don’t have anything up yet for this year’s “Now What?” Months page but they at least have an archive link for previous years. I suppose I need to cut them some slack given that it is only the first day of the year but they’ve only been hovering the link to this page on my dashboard since the end of November so it feels anti-climatic to have January arrive and find nothing new on the page.
I did browse through the archive and found this helpful article on revision that I think I will be using for my first revision.
I’m thinking that I should invest more in the dynamic between Thomas and his mother, especially in the beginning of the book, during the revision process. As a mother I already know how I react when I’ve lost my child for a second – or five. Continue reading “Revision Notes Regarding Celeste in Surge of the Soul Eater”
I actually did it. I got myself all the way to the end of my story WITHOUT giving up and starting over from scratch. Not the 60k words I originally planned but the NaNo site validated the draft at 51,328 words total. I’ll take it and run. It’s plenty enough to work with for a rough skeleton. Now the real work begins, but for now I’m going to sit back and savor the moment…
You know those cigarillos Thomas had in my book? Yeah… I have those with me tonight. And yes I’m totally going to smoke one. Don’t shoot me.
Thomas fired his gun three times yet he missed with every shot. Peccant didn’t appear to dodge. He didn’t appear to be moving very fast at all. Yet his backhand swing connected unexpectedly to Thomas’ face which sent him sprawling to the floor. Thomas scrambled to his feet and ran for cover in the back behind the pews. How did that man move so fast? He hurled himself around the back pillar hoping to come around for another round of shots only to discover Rue waiting for him. Continue reading “Surge of the Soul Eater – Episode 20”
Exhaustion threatened to consume Thomas as he tried to shift the weight of the beams off of him. One wrong move and the whole mess would crush him. It was the worst game of pick up sticks he ever played. Dirt, debris, and cobwebs sprinkled down in his face as he inched another beam aside. Finally a wider swath of light broke through, gifting him with fresher air. Continue reading “Surge of the Soul Eater – Episode 19”